Why are Puppy Mills Bad?

Why Are Puppy Mills Bad And Why Are They The Wrong Choice?
If you have decided you want to own one of those beautiful puppies known as a French Bulldog, your next step is deciding where and how to acquire your new pet. You have a number of options, but you should avoid dogs that come from puppy mills. If you are wondering “Why are puppy mills bad?” this the is information you need before you buy a dog.

A Puppy Mill

A Puppy Mill

Are Puppy Mills Illegal?
Throughout the United States, many states have no regulations whatsoever on puppy mills. Other states have requirements for inspections or licensing, or both. Not nearly enough states have standards of care for dog breeders.

However, California and Maryland have taken a step in the right direction. They no longer allow pet stores to accept and sell dogs from puppy mills. From animal welfare organizations to private individuals, many people understand the need to ban puppy mills entirely.

 

Why Are Puppy Mills Bad?
The most important point you need know is, breeders who operate puppy mills only care about profits. As the entire business is about making money, they do not care about their dogs. There are numerous ways puppy mill breeders show lack of concern for their animals.

Dogs in puppy mills are bred as often as possible. Breeding of an individual dog can take place every time the dog is on heat. Mothers are forced to produce litter after litter of puppies, until their bodies are no longer capable of doing so. At this stage, considered useless to the breeder, some mothers are given away, but many are actually killed.

This repetitive breeding is harmful to both the mother dogs and their puppies. Both can suffer health complications from too frequent breeding. Puppy mill owners do not take this into consideration, as they are only concerned about their pockets.

Dogs and puppies in puppy mills often have horrible living conditions. One example is the practice of keeping these animals in cages. There can be numerous complications to this practice.

First, caged dogs rarely get enough exercise. They may never be let out of the cages at all. Second, the cages are often too small for the dogs. Third, cages with wire bottoms pose special health issues to the dog’s feet.

In addition, caged dogs do not have adequate heating, cooling, or fresh air. In some cases, they do not even have sufficient light.

Puppy mills are not always sanitary, either. A dog may be forced to remain in a cage with his own urine and waste. Dogs can experience other health issues from cages that are wet, dirty, and filled with germs.

When money is the only goal, puppies are sold when they are too young. When a puppy is taken away from its mother, it can develop behavioural problems and health issues.
With profits being the only concern, puppies and dogs do not receive appropriate care from a veterinarian. The breeder may attempt to treat the dogs himself, although he is not trained to do so. To save money, a breeder who needs to end a dog’s life may do this himself too. Instead of humane euthanasia, the dog may be drowned or shot.

The lack of care can be extended to avoid other expenses. The breeder may buy the cheapest dog food he can find, or force the dogs to subsist on human foods that are not appropriate for dogs. As the purpose of a puppy mill is to make money, puppy mill owners do not like to spend money on their dogs, so when you see a Cheap French Bulldog Puppy Sale, you should be seeing red flags also!

There are a number of ways puppy mill owners get away with inhumane treatment of their dogs. In most cases, they assume their cruel treatment of the animals will not be detected, and in some cases it works. There are ways prospective dog owners can be fooled.

The popularity of the internet has provided a new venue for unscrupulous puppy mill owners. When a person sees a picture of a cute puppy, it may even include a brief description. You may fall in love with the puppy immediately, and pay the breeder to ship it to you. If you take this approach, though, you may never know the facts about the breeder or his dogs. You may be quite disappointed if you receive a sick dog that requires medical care, or if your new puppy dies.

A second example is a pet store. You may not know most puppies sold in pet shops come from puppy mills. Even if you can see the puppy before you buy it, it can be a bad experience. The puppy may have been in poor health when he was delivered to the pet store, and caged even longer in the store. The cute little puppy you see in your local pet shop may have come from one of the many French bulldog puppy mills.

 

How To Find A Healthy French Bulldog
You may see an ad in your local newspaper that advertises French bulldog puppies for sale. This is one opportunity for you to see the difference between a reputable breeder and a puppy mill. You should never buy a dog, or make a deposit, without visiting the breeder in person. This is much easier when the breeder lives near you.

For those in America, a second resource is the American Kennel Club. You can check their National Breeder Referral, and their AKC Online Breeder Classifieds. You can find plenty of information about French Bulldogs, and a breeder who is right for you. If you cannot find the information you need, you can contact the American Kennel Club directly.

 

Why is it essential to find a reputable breeder when you want a French bulldog?
If you learn of a French bulldog puppy sale and the dog has come from a puppy mill, you will not have a good experience. You are likely to have many problems that you did not expect. A dog that was not taken care of properly can have health issues and behavioural issues. The dog was not properly socialized, so he may not get along with you, your family members, or other pets in your household.

A puppy mill dog can require unexpected veterinary care that is quite expensive. At its worst, the dog may not live very long. Even if he does not show serious health problems, his behaviour may be so bad that you will regret your decision and want to return him to the breeder. You can avoid all of these problems by buying a healthy dog from a good breeder.

 

How To Find A Reputable
French Bulldog Breeder
If you have never looked for a breeder before, you may not know what to expect or which questions you should ask. A good breeder will not be upset by questions, and will even encourage you to ask questions. He wants you to be completely happy with the dog you choose. The dog’s age, parents, habits, personality, and feeding schedule are some examples.

However, questions and answers only provide so much information. You should also make a point of visiting the breeder in person. While you will get a sense of his personality and how he treats his dogs, it is also your opportunity to see the dogs in their current environment. If you can envision how a puppy mill looks, you should have an entirely different impression with a legitimate kennel.

Mothers and pups should be kept together, but no animals should be confined in small cages. A good kennel has plenty of room for exercise and activity, both indoors and outdoors. The dogs should have fresh water and quality dog food. While reputable breeders may own quite a few dogs, their kennels are not like factories made for production. The dogs should be happy, healthy, and active.

The kennel should be clean, and so should the animals. Although it is impossible to keep a kennel spotlessly clean, it should be free from waste, odour, and debris. The dogs should appear well-groomed and cared for on a regular basis. Their eyes should be clear, and their ears should be clean.

If you see a dog you like, you should be encouraged to interact with him. Even a small puppy can respond to the sound of your voice, or when he is gently patted. If he is healthy, he will respond to you. As French bulldogs are noted for being alert, playful, and affectionate, these are some of the personality characteristics you should see.

In contrast, there are some telling signs that you do not want to do business with this particular breeder. He may be operating a puppy mill, or he may have something else to hide. First, he may not want to answer your questions. This is a bad sign when you want to buy a dog.

Second, he may not want you to visit the kennel, or may limit you to certain parts of the kennel. You can take this to mean he does not want you to see the dogs’ living conditions. Perhaps the kennel is dirty or overcrowded, or the dogs are in unhealthy cages.

Third, do not do business with a breeder who insists on choosing a dog for you. He may have one dog that is not in ideal health, or shows behavioural problems, and simply wants someone to buy it. Instead, take plenty of time to see all the puppies that are currently available, and choose the one you want. As the puppy will be living with you, it is entirely your decision.
Fourth, be suspicious if the price seems too low. It is helpful to learn the approximate cost of a French bulldog before you approach a breeder. If he is selling his dogs at a cheap price, you may not be getting a bargain. It is reasonable to assume there is something wrong with the dogs.

 

Reputable French Bulldog Breeders And You
When you locate a reputable breeder, expect him to ask questions. While you have the right to know you are buying a healthy animal, the breeder wants to know his dog is going to a good home. It is not unusual for a breeder to interview a prospective buyer. He may even want to visit your home and meet your family. Good breeders truly care about every one of their dogs.

Breeders who do not operate puppy mills often place a condition on selling their animals. He may want to be assured that you do not intend to breed the dog yourself. Not all breeders have this requirement, but do not be surprised if he expects you to have the dog only as a pet and a companion. Many breeders will flatly refuse to sell a dog to someone who plans to use it for breeding purposes.

 

A Good Experience With Your New Dog
A French bulldog is a true joy. With this new addition to your family, you can look forward to many delightful years ahead. When you want the best experience, though, take time to learn everything you can about the breeder and his dogs.

You can avoid disappointment and unnecessary expense by purchasing a healthy, socialized animal. You will only find a dog that meets these specifications when you find a breeder who loves his dogs, takes their needs seriously, and provides proper care for adult dogs and puppies alike.

Your new dog can be a wonderful companion for you and your entire family. If friendship with a French bulldog is what you are looking for, they are easy to find if you do not make the common mistakes.

Now that you know the answer to the question “Why are puppy mills bad?”, you know how to avoid a bad experience. You will not have to cope with all the problems that occur from buying a dog whose life was spent in a bad environment with little to no care. Instead, you can take a healthy little dog home with you, and you will always be glad you chose him.

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How to Introduce a New Puppy to your dog

How to Introduce a New Puppy to Your Dog

Careful IntroductionCareful Introduction

While adding a new French Bulldog Puppy to the home can be an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time. French Bulldog puppies need a lot of care and attention. The adjustment period can be more difficult if there is already a dog in the home. Here are some tips on how to introduce a new puppy to your dog so the new addition to the family can fit in without a problem.

What to expect when you introduce a new dog to your dog

You should not be surprised if your new French Bulldog Puppy is not welcomed into the home by the other dog. Your older dog may even growl and snap at the puppy and want nothing to do with it. Your dog may seem threatening, but it is unlikely that he will harm the puppy. Some dogs may be the opposite and accept the French Bulldog Puppy right away but if they do not, it is nothing to be alarmed about.

Communication

The dogs need to learn how to communicate with each other. Puppies play in a different manner than adult dogs do. They follow their own set of rules. There are certain ways that they greet each other and play. Puppies do not know the rules that are set by the adult dogs. When the French Bulldog Puppy first comes into the home he will be attracted to the older dog, since it looks like him. The puppy may get snarled at as he learns the rules of the adult dog.

Listen

Puppies do not have the social skills needed to interact with adult dogs. The adult dog will teach the puppy the rules of their home. Once again the older dog may growl at the French Bulldog Puppy until it learns the rules of the home. It can take up to 3 weeks for the dogs to begin to interact and play with each other. It may take up to five weeks for the adult dog to fully accept the puppy. During this time there are some things that you can do to make sure things are going well when introducing a puppy to the older dog.

First Meeting between the puppy and the older dog

Before bringing the new French Bulldog Puppy into the home remove any toys, blankets, and food bowls so the dogs will not fight over them. Allow the puppy to go into the home and sniff around. After a couple of minutes bring your other dog back into the home. Allow them to sniff each other but if the adult dog becomes aggressive step in and distract it.

When the dogs meet for the first time it should be done outdoors and you should not do it alone. The dog is less likely to become territorial. Be calm and allow the dogs to smell each other out. This may take several minutes but it is important that the dogs get used to being around each other.

Let the dogs go at Their Own Pace

When the dogs first meet allow them to determine how much interaction they have. The adult dog may sniff the French Bulldog Puppy and then walk away.
Going at own pace

Going at their own pace

They may walk near each other but this can take a little bit of time. As long as the dogs are comfortable, allow them to feel each other out. Do not leave them alone outside.

Supervision is very important

Do not leave the adult dog alone with the puppy. It is important to supervise all interactions between the dogs. The adult dog already in the home, needs to know their human will step in if the puppy is bothering them too much. The puppy needs to know they can turn to their human for protection. With supervision the adult dog is less likely to snap at the puppy or growl at it.

Crates

Privacy NeededPrivacy Needed

When going out it is important to crate the puppy or put him in a pen. If the dogs are bothering each other the puppy can be gated so that the dogs can have some quiet time. This will allow the adult dog the chance to relax, since puppies have a lot of energy and do not know when it is time to stop playing. A little bit of quiet time can go a long way. If the older dog already has a pen or a crate they should be allowed to use it as needed for some alone time.

Escape Route

It is important to have an escape route for both the adult dog and the puppy. It is important to teach the older dog ways to avoid the puppy. Words such as “kennel” or “time out” can be used if it looks like the adult dog has had enough of the puppy. The adult dog can then escape and get a reward or treat for doing so. This needs to be reinforced with the adult dog. If he does not have a crate he should be allowed to go to another room in the home that is gated so the puppy cannot get in. He should get a reward or a treat for this as well.

Avoid Punishing the Adult Dog

Even if the adult dog does growl at the puppy do not punish it. Growls are a way that dogs communicate and tell each other to back off. Do not yell at the dog for growling at the puppy. Supervise interaction and use time outs as a way to manage interaction.

Special Attention

The adult dog should be given extra attention by all members of the family. This will allow your dog to feel important. When he looks annoyed, he should be given space as well. Dogs are social creatures and they need attention. Both dogs should be well loved and given plenty of attention in the home.

Reinforce Good Behaviour

When the adult dog does something nice to the puppy and is well behaved around the puppy he should be given a reward. If the adult dog ignores the puppy instead of snapping at it, he should be given a reward as well. The adult dog will begin to associate positive things with the puppy and realize the puppy is not so bad. Treats will reinforce the position behaviour.

Click and Treat

A clicker can help the adult dog understand how to behave around the puppy. The clicker is easy to use to create patterns and will associate happy feelings when the new puppy is around. When the puppy comes around, the clicker can be used and the dog given a treat. When the dog expresses desired behaviour’s it is another way to reward the dog.

Get the Puppy Tired

Puppies have a great deal of energy and to other dogs this can be annoying. Make sure the puppy gets lots of time to play and get their energy out. Take the puppy for a walk and spend a lot of time on training. This will help the puppy get some of their energy out. When they are near the adult dog they may not jump on them and will take a break from playtime. Puppies like plenty of sleep, so make sure the puppy has a nice area to rest in after taking a walk or spending some time outdoors. This will also give the adult dog a chance to relax and take a break from the puppy.

Switch the Dogs Out

If one dog is in a confined area and the other dog is playing make sure they both get playtime. When the puppy is done playing it should be put into a confined area for quiet time and the other dog should be allowed out to play. Do not be surprised if it sniffs around to see what the puppy was doing. The older dog may also need some comforting. It may be confused as to why this new puppy is allowed to be in the home. Allow the adult dog to sit on your lap or sit by your site. This will give him some quality time and will help ease feelings of stress from having another dog in the home.

Getting Used to the Smell

Dogs communicate by their scent. This is their natural way of learning about new things. Allow the adult dog to sniff the puppy. When the puppy is sleeping or having some quiet time allow the other dog to smell around and get used to the scent of the puppy. They should also be allowed to sniff a blanket or other item that the puppy has laid on. This way they get used to the scent of the puppy and will not be anxious when they smell the new puppy around their home.

Treat Them Equal

If the puppy gets a treat for something the adult dog should get a treat as well. If the puppy gets a pat the adult dog should get some love and attention as well. This will help the older dog know he is still valued. This will, once again, associate positive feelings for the puppy. When the puppy is around and gets something good the older dog will know they are going to get something good as well. The same thing can be true with activities. After taking the puppy for a walk, take the older dog for a walk, even if they are short walks. This will allow the dogs to associate good things with each other and they can begin to make some peace between them.

Be Patient

Even the best behaved dogs are going to take some time to get used to another animal being in their house. It is important to stay positive and to be patient with your older dog. If you are stressed out and anxious the dogs will pick up on this feeling. They will become anxious and will not be able to be relaxed. Even when times get difficult it is important to stay calm and positive at the same time.

Do Not Use a Leash

When the puppy is roaming the home the older dog should not be kept on a tight leash. This may associate a negative reaction to the puppy. The older dog may get an unpleasant feeling if something is tight and they may associate the feeling with the puppy. Do not pull the dogs apart either. This will also reinforce a negative feeling with the puppy.

Repeat the Process

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You may have to repeat the introduction of the puppy several times. If the adult dog is afraid or anxious you may have to introduce it to the puppy several times. If the puppy is afraid, this process should also be repeated. The dogs may need to be taken outside in a neutral area and be allowed to sniff each other out. They should be brought into the home and the puppy should be allowed to look around and get used to these surroundings. The older dog should then be brought back into the home as well and allowed to sniff where the puppy has been. This process needs to be repeated until both dogs are comfortable.

It may seem to take forever when you are learning how to introduce a new puppy to your dog. It may take a little while for them to get used to each other. Most dogs will come around and accept one another within three weeks. Slowly but surely there will be signs that the dogs are coming around and developing communication skills. They may become friends or at least learn how to co exist. As long as both dogs are given love and attention, there should be harmony in the home.

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A LILAC FRENCH BULLDOG

A Lilac French Bulldog…

A Lilac French Bulldog

A Lilac French Bulldog

It goes without saying that at this time and age, most homes are considered incomplete without a pet. Pets have become so dear to human beings that they are now part of the family. One of the most common pets that people are so fond of is the dog. Besides guarding you and your belongings, dogs are also companions for you or your children especially when you are busy doing house chores.

There are various breeds of dogs that are attractive to human beings, and your choice depends on what you like. While some opt for large dogs, others prefer small dogs such as French Bulldogs. One of the most attractive dogs from this breed is a Lilac French Bulldog. If you are hearing about this dog for the first time, here I will give you a short introduction to what a Lilac French Bulldog is.

What is a Lilac French Bulldog?…

The Lilac French Bulldog is a rare breed of dog distinguished by its lilac colouration which is part of the French bulldog’s blue gene. Every lilac coloured French bulldog is naturally a blue gene carrier. It is a vital requirement for them to be a carrier and have the dominant lilac gene.

Newly born puppies have a soft blue fawnish colour but as they mature, the colour changes and you can clearly identify their pink coat. Their noses are reddish pink and at times greyish blue which proves that they are naturally blue-gene dogs.

In order to produce a Lilac French Bulldog, both the dam and the sire must have the chocolate and blue gene, be blue carriers or be blue themselves.

The DNA of a Lilac French Bulldog will check out at (d/d, b/b) which basically means that they have two copies of each blue and chocolate gene. Their DNA is unique and that’s what gives them their unique colouring that many people admire.

To be honest, there are very few Lilac French Bulldogs in the United States. It’s rare to find them on sale but when your lucky star shines on you and you find one, you may be forced to drain your bank account because they come with a demanding price tag. To be more specific, the cost of a lilac French puppy can start from $20,000 and above.

Size and Personality…

Generally, Lilac French Bulldogs are about 11-12 inches tall.
The female weighs 16-24 pounds while the male is slightly heavier at 20-28 pounds.
They are loving and smart and always wants to spend time with people. Because they are a fun-loving and freethinking they’re easy to train, especially when training entails praise, food rewards, and play.

Care…

The Lilac French Bulldog doesn’t require a lot of exercise. They have low energy levels and the only thing they require to keep them on good weight is a daily exercise which may entail playing in the yard or walking around the neighbourhood.

Even though they like playing, they are prone to heat exhaustion which forbids you from taking them to hot temperature areas for exercise. The best option is to schedule morning and evening hours for exercise when temperatures are friendlier for them.

Being a free thinker, the French Bulldog can adapt to various types of training and even though they are at times stubborn, don’t give up on them but try different training techniques.

Feeding…

The amount of feeds your dog consumes every day depends on their metabolism, size, the levels of activity, and age. However, it is recommendable that you feed them 1-1.5 cups of high-quality dry food every day.

This food should be divided into two and given at different time intervals perhaps one half in the morning and the other in the evening.

Instead of depending entirely on one type of dog food, try different types but ensure that they are of high-quality.

Grooming…

The Lilac French Bulldog is a unique dog with a short, smooth, fine, and lilac coat. The skin is loose and wrinkled particularly on the shoulders and head, and most importantly, they have a soft texture and are easy to groom because the only thing you need to do is to brush them to keep their coats healthy. Grooming should start when they are young.

Health…

Always check for any skin lesion, scabs, flaky skin, bare spots, and any signs of infections.

Also check eyes, ears, and teeth for any bad smell or discharge. For either of these, you should take your Frenchie to a vet. You should clean their ears regularly using a damp warm cloth and when you see that the edges of the ears are dry, apply baby oil to them.

The Lilac French Bulldog does not naturally wear their nails down, which means you should be the one to trim them to prevent painful splitting and tearing.

The facial wrinkles should always be clean and dry to prevent infection and when you bathe them dry them completely, especially on the folds. Bathing should be done once in a month using a dog shampoo.

Just like human beings, Lilac French Bulldogs is susceptible to illnesses. If you realize that your Frenchie is not as jovial and playful as usual, it’s good to seek professional guidance from a vet.

There are some common diseases associated with Lilac French Bulldogs, and even though they might not get all of them, it important to be aware of them, which include, among others:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Brachycephalic Syndrome
• Allergies
• Hemivertebrae
• Patellar Luxation
• Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
• Von Willebrand’s Disease
• Cleft Palate
• Elongated Soft Palate

Lifespan…

The Lilac French Bulldog has a lifespan that ranges from eleven to fourteen years.

 Final Thoughts

The Lilac French Bulldog is one of a kind and very desirable to have. It has large expressive eyes, friendly to small children and other pets, doesn’t bark much, and doesn’t require much of your time for grooming.

With all these amazing features, the Lilac French Bulldog is hard to come by, but never give up your search; keep checking on various dog sellers if they have one, or search for them online, but please be very careful that you do not deal with a puppy mill.

If you are a dog lover, without a dog!, It might be a good idea to start off with a Lilac French Bulldog and I am sure you will never regret adopting one and making them part of your family…

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